Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 26, Issue 19, pp 18971–18978 | Cite as

Combining micelle-clay sorption to solar photo-Fenton processes for domestic wastewater treatment

  • Monica BrienzaEmail author
  • Shlomo Nir
  • Gael Plantard
  • Vincent Goetz
  • Serge Chiron
Advanced Oxidation Process for Sustainable Water Management


A tertiary treatment of effluent from a biological domestic wastewater treatment plant was tested by combining filtration and solar photocatalysis. Adsorption was carried out by a sequence of two column filters, the first one filled with granular activated carbon (GAC) and the second one with granulated nano-composite of micelle-montmorillonite mixed with sand (20:100, w/w). The applied solar advanced oxidation process was homogeneous photo-Fenton photocatalysis using peroxymonosulfate (PMS) as oxidant agent. This combination of simple, robust, and low-cost technologies aimed to ensure water disinfection and emerging contaminants (ECs, mainly pharmaceuticals) removal. The filtration step showed good performances in removing dissolved organic matter and practically removing all bacteria such as Escherichia coli and Enterococcus faecalis from the secondary treated water. Solar advanced oxidation processes were efficient in elimination of trace levels of ECs. The final effluent presented an improved sanitary level with acceptable chemical and biological characteristics for irrigation.


Water treatment Micelle-montmorillonite AOPs Bacteria Emerging contaminants 



Monica Brienza acknowledges a postdoctoral fellowship from the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD).

Funding information

This research was funded by the European Union under the ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme within the framework of the project “Diffusion of nanotechnology-based devices for water treatment and recycling e NANOWAT” (Project No. I-B/2.1/049; Grant No. 7/1997).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Monica Brienza
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shlomo Nir
    • 2
  • Gael Plantard
    • 3
  • Vincent Goetz
    • 3
  • Serge Chiron
    • 1
  1. 1.UMR HydroSciences 5569University of MontpellierMontpellierFrance
  2. 2.The R.H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentUniversity of JerusalemRehovotIsrael
  3. 3.PROMES CNRS UPR 8521PerpignanFrance

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